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40 should be a fantastic age for both men and women: your life is on track, your purposes got wings and have transformed into facts or gave birth to new purposes. Life is supposed to be at its peak. But there are some things that also start to change and not for the best. Back aches, sudden immobilization of a muscle, not being able to move when you want to get up again after picking up a toy off the floor, and in some rare and unfortunate cases, paralysis. Hernia is also a common word in 40+ conversations between worried people who can’t do much about their symptoms.
Swiss researchers from EPFL have published an article in “Science magazine” claiming that new technologies that use flexible electronic implants promise to cure back pain. Furthermore, the scientists hope that with this kind of apparatus, those who have been paralyzed for a long time can have a chance to walking again. And the best news is that it really works.
The difference between all the implants that were used up to date for treating this kind of medical issues are very rigid and very many times they cause more injury. The nerves that they are designed to touch are too sensitive for the material that the implants are usually made of. The EPFL implants are considered to reduce all pain and also not cause any more damage to the nerves, because of their soft and flexible materials. In addition, scar tissue and rejection of the implant are not a possibility anymore.
e-Dura implant is the official name of the promising novelty. Fluidic microchannels and cracked gold electronic tracks are hosted by silicone and platinum microbeads that form electrodes. Special medicine and electric impulses are delivered to the point of injury. One of the most important things about the e-Dura implant is that it can be put on underneath the dura mater, the protective covering of the nervous system.
Professor Stéphanie Lacour:
“Our e-Dura implant can remain for a long period of time on the spinal cord or the cortex, precisely because it has the same mechanical properties as the dura mater itself. This opens up new therapeutic possibilities for patients suffering from neurological trauma or disorders, particularly individuals who have become paralyzed following spinal cord injury.”
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